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Acknowledge his Detention; Ensure Access to Lawyer; Block Any Return to Rwanda

(Nairobi) – A Rwandan asylum seeker and founder of an opposition movement, who has been forcibly disappeared by Mozambique authorities, risks being handed over to Rwanda, where his rights would be violated, including by being subject to an unfair…
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COVID-19 in Europe, the Central Eurasian Region, and Turkey

What are some of your biggest concerns about the coronavirus moving through Europe and Central Asia? Europe is one of the world’s epicenters of COVID-19 cases. There’s an awful death toll in Italy and Spain with the numbers of dead going up…
Military police officers patrol at a market in Budapest, Hungary, March 31, 2020.
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Many from Non-Government-Controlled Areas Face Bureaucracy, Discrimination

On a hot August day, I stood in line at the Migration Service of Ukraine. I had just gotten married and needed to change my last name in my passport. For most Ukrainians, this wouldn’t require significant effort. But I’m registered in…
Older people crossing the broken bridge at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint.
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(Nairobi, February 23, 2019) – Rwandan authorities have failed to release their investigations of the fatal shooting of 12 protesting refugees by police in western Rwanda on February 22, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. A year after the…
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Ensure Due Process; Investigate Torture, Liberty Violations

(Berlin) – Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) arbitrarily detained a Ukrainian woman, held her incommunicado, and tortured her, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities charged the woman, Daria Mastikasheva, with treason, and a court in Dnipro has…
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Summary The mayor said, “All thieves must be killed.” He said it was an order. −Witness to the execution of Fulgence Rukundo on December 6, 2016 Rwandan security forces summarily executed at least…
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I get out of bed at 5 a.m., just as the curfew is being lifted in Donetsk, the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in eastern Ukraine. It’s pitch dark outside and I feel privileged — really and truly privileged — to be able to…
On the border of the "neutral zone", it can take hours to cross from separatist to government territory.
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Improve Security, Facilities Along the Line of Contact, Facilitate Better Crossing for Civilians

(Kyiv) – Ukrainian civilians are exposed to risks to their health and safety – even grave danger – as they face endless waits when they need to go back and forth across the contact line between government-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine and the…
Civilians waiting at the Novotroitske crossing point in the government-controlled Donetsk region, December 21, 2016.
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Ukraine’s migration authorities apparently believe Russia is a safe and democratic country – which does not only sound odd in the current political context of the relationship between Kyiv and Moscow but will also greatly surprise those who have been…
Alexey Vetrov during a protest in Nizhny Novgorod, November 2012
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With horrendous reports of death and destruction coming from Ukraine, the UK Home Office continues to regard it as a “safe country of origin” for asylum seekers. That means a Ukrainian asylum seeker landing at Heathrow tonight would still be forced to…
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Step Up Aid for Residents Fleeing Eastern Regions, Crimea

(Berlin) – Ukrainian authorities have not provided adequate protection and assistance to tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Petro Poroshenko. People have fled because…
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Don’t Extradite Refugee to Country Where he Risks Unfair Trial

January 9, 2014 Update On January 9, 2014, a court in Aix-en-Provence, France approved extradition requests filed by both Russia and Ukraine for the former BTA bank chairman and opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov. The court said Russia should take…
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Russian Opposition Activist Vanished in Kyiv, Turned Up in Russia

(Moscow) – Ukrainian authorities should initiate a prompt and impartial investigation into the disappearance from Ukraine on October 19, 2012, of a Russian asylum seeker, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch expressed serious concern that…
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Ukraine is about more than Yulia Tymoshenko and a soccer tournament. That is surely running through the minds of Ukrainian officials as the European football championships, hosted by Ukraine and Poland, start. Weeks of negative publicity on why…
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Hunger Strike Highlights Flaws in Asylum System

(Moscow, February 1, 2012) - The Ukrainian authorities should immediately stop police harassment and threats against Somali asylum seekers held at the Zhuravychi Migrant Accommodation Centre, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter sent to the…
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Detainees describe torture at the hands of Ukrainian officials

KIEV, Ukraine — In recent years we have all discovered that law-based, civilized societies have used torture against terrorism suspects. Still, when I went to Ukraine in June to investigate the treatment of migrants, I did not expect to find torture. We…
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The year's end will be the first anniversary of an agreement between the European Union and Ukraine to take back "third country nationals" who cross borders without permission. Readmission agreements are a cornerstone of the EU's strategy to stop the…
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Buffeted in the Borderland The Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Migrants in Ukraine Map of Ukraine I. Summary Detention of Migrants Ukraine’s Dysfunctional Asylum System Unaccompanied Children…